Picnic Send-Off for Senior Day Trips and Other Activities

New York University today kicked off its 18th annual summer program for the local community, including free bus outings for senior citizens, children’s recreational activities, and musical performances in Washington Square Park. NYU expects more than 700 seniors to participate in the day-long recreational trips throughout the summer.

To celebrate this year’s program, NYU hosted a kick-off picnic in Washington Square Park attended by some 100 seniors from the Caring Community, as well as elected officials and City government representatives. Department for the Aging Deputy Commissioner Caryn Resnick presented NYU with a Community Service Award in recognition of the University’s dedication and service to older New Yorkers in Greenwich Village and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The programs, administered by NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, provide:

  • Buses free-of-charge to New Yorkers seniors who otherwise might not be able to enjoy New York’s summertime cultural and recreational opportunities. In 2006, NYU expanded the program to include a Winter Holiday bus program in November and December
  • Crafts projects, entertainment, and other children’s activities in Washington Square Park
  • Evening and mid-day musical performances in Washington Square Park that are open to all.

For a complete listing of upcoming events please visit the NYU Office of Government and Community Relations web site here:

Lynne Brown, NYU’s Sr. Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs, said, “After 18 years, these programs are as much a part of summer in our Greenwich Village neighborhood as playground sprinklers and ice cream. NYU is very pleased to be able to support our local community by offering these activities.”

This year’s summer bus program includes trips for Greenwich House, the Caring Community, Coop Village North, Sirovitch Senior Center, and the United Jewish Council. Their seniors will be able to spend the day at such locations as Wave Hill in the Bronx, the Central Park Zoo, the Museum of Natural History, City Island, Brighton Beach, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

NYU also partnered today with the McBurney YMCA to host activities and games for children in Washington Square Park’s large playground. Programming for children will continue throughout July and August on Mondays and Thursdays. Additional activities include several music festivals, craft projects, tie-dye festivals, puppeteer shows and song-and-dance programs.

In addition, NYU supports a variety of musical performances in Washington Square Park, both mid-day and evening.

For more information on upcoming events, call David Lehmann in the NYU Office of Government and Community Relations at 212-998-2409 or e-mail government.affairs@nyu.edu.

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